I will state this here and now, I make no apologies for using convenience foods to help me out during busy weeknights or plain ole lazy days. And hey, you wouldn't be following or reading my blog if you didn't feel the same way, right?
I know there are lots of folks out there who preach about making everything from scratch and all the benefits of doing so, and knowing what is going into your food and so on and so forth. I appreciate that argument and respect it but for many folks that I know, it's just not a reality. Most of them are working their little patoots off inside and outside of the home nearly everyday of the week. Half the time they feel guilty because they are running thru the drive-thru more often than they would like and folks make them feel bad about it.
Well, I'm not one of those folks.
I understand Mother's guilt.
I understand Moms and Dads who work hard and come home so exhausted it is all you can do to just peel your clothes off and hop into bed. But you still gotta help your child with their homework, run them to after school sports activities, and then get them to bed at a good time. Oh, and in there somewhere you gotta feed them.
I understand grocery shopping with antsy, tired children while trying to flip through coupons and grocery lists so long you'd rather just pick a pizza up on the way home.
I understand not being able to afford all organic food all the time even though you know it is healthier.
I understand that you want to pack a school lunch for your child everyday of the week and you want to be the parent that makes all the super healthy, super cute lunches that you see in magazines. But some days you hand your child a couple bucks and tell them to buy lunch because you didn't have enough time last night or this morning to make it. And then you feel guilty because you see what all the "cool" Moms made for their kids.
I understand and I'm with you.
And you need to stop feeling guilty.
You work hard, you love your child and you are there for them and you are doing your best.
And right now, many of you are just here to print off this recipe and go because you don't have the time to read all this and comment on it. That's alright with me. And I understand.
And really, who wants to go to the grocery store to buy 15 ingredients to make one meal?I like meals where I can easily remember the ingredients and plop it into my buggy and be on my way.
So having said all that. I'm sharing this easy, fun and delicious recipe that has just a few ingredients.
And you can tailor this any way you like.
Add some fresh spinach or even diced tomatoes in there to jazz it up a bit.
1 tube (15 oz)of refrigerated pizza dough
1 jar (1 lb)of Alfredo sauce (I like the Garlic version)
1 bag (8 oz)of Mozzarella cheese
2 cups of grilled chicken, diced
½ red onion, diced (optional)
Dried parsley (to sprinkle on top)
Preheat oven to 400 degrees (F)
Spray cookie sheet with nonstick spray (or olive oil). Sprinkle with corn meal (optional).
Spread pizza dough on cookie sheet and bake for 5 minutes.
Take out of the oven and spread alfredo sauce over crust (you may not want to use the whole jar). On top of sauce, add diced chicken, onion and spinach (if using). Top with mozzarella cheese. Sprinkle with parsley.
Bake for additional 8-12 minutes until cheese is melted and crust is golden brown.
Cook’s Note: For another time saver, you can find precooked, grilled chicken strips in the refrigerator and freezer section of your grocery store.
Printable Recipe Here
Printable Recipe Here